Kenneth Lee Murphey, 91, passed away on November 6, 2013, at Ardmore, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2013, at the Maxwell Avenue Church of Christ with Mike McGowen officiating. Ron Benedick, minister, and Dr. Virgil Trout, minister, will assist. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Ardmore, Okla.
Kenneth was born on October 5, 1922, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Hubbard Linder Murphey and Nettie (Heiderich) Murphey. He attended Franklin and Lincoln Elementary schools and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1941. Kenneth moved to California where he worked at Consolidated Aircraft for 5 months, then worked at Consolidated in Fort Worth, Texas, for one year. He returned to Ardmore where he worked at the Ardmore Airpark for 18 months. In 1945, Kenneth joined the Air Force and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Sheppard Field, Kearns, and Okinawa for 18 months. Following the war, he worked for OG&E from May 5, 1947, as a meter technician until his retirement on April 30, 1987. Kenneth resided in Davis, Oklahoma, from 1972 through 1985.
Kenneth married Doris Maye Olmstead on October 25, 1942. To this union were born their children, Gloria Jean, Dennis Ray, and Larry Thomas. Doris passed away on October 30, 1984. Kenneth married Ann McGowen on August 24, 1985.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Murray; and first wife. Doris Maye Murphey.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Ann Murphey, of the home, children; Gloria Clark and husband, W.O. of Ardmore, Dennis Murphey and wife, Margo of Lawrence, Kan., Larry Murphey and wife, Lynne of Tyler, Texas, Mike McGowen and wife, Marian of Ardmore and Jim McGowen and wife, Tamara of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Wade Clark, Chris Clark, Michael Clark, Colin Murphey, Hayden Murphey, Lisa Sanders, Laurie Stone, Marla Bleakley, Michael McGowen, Clint McGowen, Joann McGowen, Dylan McGowen, Ford McGowen and Danielle McGowen; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers are Mark Wiley, Bill Barton, Tim Evins, Jim Thornton, John Gibbs, and Larry Vinson.
Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com.